If you are looking to buy a coastal property, then using the specialist services of a property finder may help you find “the one” – a magnificent coastal property that meets all your requirements and that fits within your price range.
Why buy a coastal property?
Perhaps it’s because we are an island nation, but the sea and its coastline have a particular and special draw for most of those who live in Britain.
Our coastline stretches for a total of 11,072.76 miles (17,819.88 km) according to the Ordnance Survey, but that measurement varies slightly from one source to another.
But the coastline around some of the most populated areas – the south east and south west of England, for example – also accounts for a large part of that total. And your search for a coastal property might well focus on these stretches of coastline.
They are close to some of the major centres of urban populations – offering business, jobs, hospitals, schools and all the other main social and cultural amenities – while allowing you to live on or near the coast.
Properties around the south coast of England, of course, also give you easy access to the Channel ports and all that continental Europe has to offer.
And that has been the attraction down through the years. Many coastal properties are imposing high-end residences, built on prime sites, with commanding views all along that stretch where the land meets the sea. Some of those properties cry out the wealth of ages past, others of more recent times.
Living by the sea is good for you
Our obsession with living by the sea might be laid on the doorstep of one Dr Richard Russell who wrote a treatise as long ago as 1750 called De Tabe Glandulari – or Dissertation on the Use of Sea Water in the Affections of the Glands.
Not only did the good doctor take his own medicine when he bought – for £40 – a marshy plot of land near Brighton, which stands to this date as the biggest house in town, his dissertation encouraged crowds of others to follow him.
There continue to be more modern takes on the health-giving properties of life near the sea – and three of these are related in a recent story.
Rejuvenate your body and mind
- it is claimed that the sound of waves breaking on the shoreline helps lull your brain into a deeply relaxed state – which rejuvenates both your body and your mind;
- take to the sea itself, just float in it, and your blood flows from the lower limbs towards your stomach, nearer the heart, supplying more oxygen to the brain and making us more active and alert;
A good night’s sleep
- because sea air is charged with healthy negative ions, say some experts, your body absorbs more oxygen, and serotonin levels are better adjusted – leading to stress-free energy and alertness;
Feel good in the sun
- the extra hours of sunshine typically enjoyed in coastal areas not only makes us feel better but may also help alleviate certain skin conditions, such as psoriasis.
These are unlikely to be your only or immediate reasons for choosing to buy a coastal property – but might make you feel better for doing so.
The cost of coastal living
Coastal properties are always in demand and can command a higher price than other homes that bit further away from the water – a study showed that property located within 100m of the coastline in England and Wales costs an average of 13% more than that located up to 1km further inland.
And an article in the Express newspaper last year revealed that buyers are prepared to pay a premium of an average of £68,000 more just for a property that has a sea view. And that’s just on the average property – if you are looking to buy into a higher range of exclusive residences, you may expect that premium to be considerably more.
Although the wealth may be evident – coastal properties command a higher than average price – it is not overstated but almost subdued in its quiet and unassuming way.
Having made that investment, of course, you may find that the value of an imposing character property on the coast increases at a faster rate than the overall movement in the average house price index maintained by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The property finder’s role
So, you’ve decided to buy a coastal property, be it for use as your principal residence, a second home, to let to visiting holidaymakers, or as an investment in what is likely to remain the upper end of the housing market.
Why consult professional property finders? Some might hold to the mistaken view that property finders are little more than specialist estate agents. But nothing could be further from the truth.
Estate agents sell houses on behalf of their owners – they act entirely in the vendor’s interest by advertising the property for sale and attempting to attract buyers.
Property finders act entirely on your behalf in finding, negotiating and securing a property to your particular specifications – whether that be a private residence, a second home, a buy to let property or an investment property.
Estate agents’ listings may be a tool used by property finders, but they are no more than that – they provide but one source for the property finder’s rich tapestry of networks and professional contacts, so that the property eventually found for you might not yet have appeared in any estate agent’s listings or even have come onto the open market.
Property finders such as Garrington offer professional expertise and specialist knowledge to find properties directly matched to your individual needs, requirements and preferences.
Once you have found the property you want to buy, we can handle all the negotiations on your behalf, leaving you assured that the whole process runs as smoothly as possible and with very little effort from yourself.
So, to begin your search for your coastal property, please contact us at Garrington Property Finders, for entirely objective and wholly impartial advice from professionals committed to exercising complete discretion and client confidentiality.